Halloween turned really terrifying for college kids and fogeys Tuesday when a driver went on a lethal rampage in entrance of a number of decrease Manhattan faculties — proper because the afternoon bell rang.
Youngsters ran screaming down the sidewalk after the killer plowed his van into pedestrians after which emerged waving weapons and shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
“Two ladies and a gaggle of youngsters — perhaps 10 youngsters — they’re operating in the direction of me. I hear one women screaming, ‘Somebody has a gun!’” stated witness John Williams.
Frantic mother and father feared the worst as they waited to select kids up from Independence Main Faculty.
“They gained’t let me via I don’t know what to do,” stated Marissa Davis, forty seven, who was making an attempt to cross the West Road to get to her 9 and 12-yr previous sons.
“That is loopy, I’ve by no means seen something like this earlier than! I simply need to get to my youngsters I don’t even care what occurred I have to know they’re OK,” she stated including: “we’re presupposed to go pumpkin carving later.”
Native Roberto Crivello, fifty four, was simply completely happy figuring out his 7 yr previous daughter was protected inside.
“I used to be right here via 9/11, that is one thing else,” he stated.
College students from Stuyvesant Excessive Faculty and Borough of Manhattan Group School made it out of sophistication in time to witness the carnage — our bodies laying lifeless within the bike lane and victims have been trapped inside a mangled faculty bus.
“I got here out of faculty and heard 5 or 6 gun photographs. Youngsters have been operating and laughing — they thought it wasn’t critical. Then a woman stated, ‘No, that is critical, he actually has a gun,’” stated Bronx resident Giselle Rivera, 20.
“I noticed one man laying on the bottom, it seemed like he had been shot,” added scholar John Williams, 22, of Brooklyn.
Many college students stated they solely heard the gun photographs, however scholar Ali Ithazad, 20, stated he additionally witnessed the truck ramming into the bus.
“I noticed one automotive accident. You understand these House Depot vans? Like that. I used to be fairly nervous, I assumed there was a capturing. I heard once more six or seven, I don’t know what occurred,” stated the Brooklynite.